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Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US
Erik Tate | 17 April, 2017, 05:51

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed reports of the deadly chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province last week as "100% fabrication", in an interview with news agency AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus.

Assad said Syria would only allow an "impartial" investigation into the poison gas incident.

The U.S intelligence community says it is confident that Assad's forces used the nerve agent sarin against civilians, killing scores of people and numerous children.

On April 6, the United States had launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat in response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Idlib province.

According to media reports Assad said in an interview, his first since the alleged April 4 attack prompted a United States air strike on Syrian forces, "Definitely, 100% for us, it's fabrication".

14 de abril de 2017, 10:32Ankara, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Turkey have agreed to support an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons in northern Syria.

He added that "this outrage is abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth and protect the Syrian regime" form consequences of using chemical weapons.

Trump, who has called Assad an "animal" because of the chemical-weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, ordered a missile strike on the Shayrat air base in Syria after viewing videos and photographs of the children killed in the town.

But in a statement Thursday, the OPCW said its Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told the meeting at the group's headquarters in The Hague that the preliminary assessment by OPCW experts investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons was "that this was a credible allegation".

Syrian TV says dozens killed in blast near evacuation buses
The buses were carrying almost 5,000 people from Foua and Kfraya, villages in northern Syria that have been besieged by rebels. The deal to evacuate the towns is the latest in a string of such agreements through Syria's six-year civil war.

The ministry described the Khan Shaykhun attack as a "premeditated action that aimed to justify the launching of a United States attack on the Syrian army".

However, Washington concluded that Damascus had used chemical weapons.

Chemical weapons have been banished from civilized nations since WWI.

Russian Federation at the U.N. Security Council vetoed a USA - and Britain-backed sanction against Syria, which would've required the Assad government hand over evidence and the identities of air force officials who launched the strike.

"Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russian Federation to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad".

"We are deeply anxious by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode", he said.

Any additional use of USA military force in an attempt to bring the Syrian conflict to a peaceful resolution should be viewed with serious skepticism before we commit ourselves to another fruitless, decades-long insurgent war in the region.

Russia, Iran and Syria unanimously regarded the USA missile strikes as an aggression in brutal violation of global law and the UN Charter, Lavrov noted. "These are not just member states of the UN Security Council, but the permanent member states of the UN Security Council", he told reporters on Friday.

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